According to the Pew Research article, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, “87% of African-Americans describing themselves as belonging to one religious group or another, according to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted in 2007 by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Latinos also report affiliating with a religion at a similarly high rate of 85%; among the public overall, 83% are affiliated with a religion.” This is perhaps the most successful religious brainwashing of one group over another in recorded history.
I was baptized 5 times in 5 different churches by the time I was a teen. 5 times dipped into icy cold water. By the fifth time, in a small Baptist church in Toledo, I had pretty much decided the whole affair was ridiculous. The first baptism came as a child at the Catholic church when I was 6 years old. It was the least amount of fuss; just a sprinkle across my forehead by the parish priest. By the time of my last baptism, I was incredulous at the officiousness of the reasons why I had to yet endure another ice-cold bath in front of another set of black, life-beaten faces. “Because we baptize all new members.”
“But I’ve been baptized four times already,” I protested.
“That doesn’t matter,” the deacon said. Apparently one doesn’t get rollovers on their baptisms to the next church they join. So I was…
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